1 March 2021

Bric-a-Brac – How to get rid of it

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From decorative plates to porcelain figurines and vintage toys, bric-a-brac is one of the most common examples of clutter found in households across the UK, but also one which many people struggle to dispose of responsibly. As the UK’s largest clearance company, Clearabee know a thing or two about bric-a-brac clearance and decluttering your house, via our 5-star rated rubbish clearance services.

Follow this link if you’re ready to book your bric-a-brac clearance, otherwise, here’s your most-commonly asked questions about bric-a-brac and how Clearabee can help you to dispose of it in a cost-effective and eco-friendly way.

The following set of questions are taken from the People Always Ask results of Google so if you have any questions but they don’t appear here, just give Clearabee a buzz.


What does Bric-a-Brac mean?

Bric-a-brac is defined as “objects having a certain interest from being old, pretty, or curious” and derives from the obsolete French phrase “à bric et à brac” meaning “at random, any old way”. Bric-a-brac is also sometimes referred to as “knick knacks”.


What does Bric-a-Brac include?

Bric-a-brac has come to mean smaller ornaments and trinkets, stand-up pictures or photo frames, and decorative, porcelain figurines and such. However, there is no list and the term usually includes the items you’d find in a glass cabinet or decorating shelves.


Does Bric-a-Brac include toys?

Bric-a-brac often includes toys, but these may be more vintage in nature than, say, modern electronic toys. Think about the kind of toys that might be on display, such as old action figures, wooden toys or old-fashioned dolls and so on.



What is the cost to get rid of Bric-a-Brac?

Bric-a-brac clearances vary in cost depending on the method involved and the amount that you need to clear. The good news is that there are several options that are open to you. Unless you have a very large amount of bric-a-brac, then the most cost-effective method is probably to get rid of some other unwanted items whilst you’re at it. These are the most suitable options:

Man and Van – these clearance services are our most cost-effective, convenient and eco-friendly service. We are able to clear as little or as much waste as you require and we can often do it on the very same day as your order. Our teams will send you an SMS when we’re on our way and you’ll receive a tracking link to keep up with our progress.

Clearabee charge a call-out fee of £59.99, followed by an additional £25 for a cubic yard of rubbish or unwanted items. This can be approximated to the size of 2 small domestic washing machines, which is why it might make sense to fill out your cubic yard’s worth of waste. You could always bulk out your order with similar unwanted items from your garage, loft or shed to make the most of your money.

To learn more about this rubbish removal service, read our handy Man and Van FAQ page.

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Skip Bags – these rubbish removal bags are a flexible, cost-effective alternative to hiring a skip. We can deliver your chosen Skip Bag to you via the post on the very next business day. You then have six months to use your bag and book your collection, or you can book it for collection by us a few short days afterwards.

Our small Skip Bags cost £124.99 inc VAT for a Bag and Collection offer which, again, is approximately the size of 2 small domestic washing machines. Similarly to the Man and Van option, unless you have an excessive amount of bric-a-brac, you may be able to make the most of your Skip Bag by adding other items for removal. Whether this is clearing out cupboards or the broken-down cupboards themselves, it’s important that you get the value out of your rubbish removal.

To find out more about these rubbish removal bags, take a look at our handy Skip Bag guide.


How do I get rid of Bric-a-Brac?

Clearabee can help you with your bric-a-brac clearances. With our ‘Man and Van services, same-day collections are standard as part of our service, as long as you place your booking before 1pm. We always use directly-employed Clearabee staff who are courteous, conscientious and trained to be contact-free. We are happy to remove unwanted items from the inside or outside of your property as long as it is safe to do so.

Our hassle-free booking system is available 24/7 and we also supply our customers with a digital Waste Transfer Note once their unwanted items reach their audited and approved Waste Transfer Station. This note also provides information on the landfill diversion rate, which is above 95% on average. This means as well as tidying your home, you are keeping the planet green too.



Clearabee are the UK’s largest clearance company and completed 221,845 jobs in 2020 alone. We are the most-reviewed such service on Trustpilot and have accumulated a 5-Star ‘Excellent’ rating and over 10,000 reviews.

Our services are also completely carbon-neutral thanks to our two UK forests. These are made up of 19,674 trees which are expected to offset 1,886 tonnes of carbon. We also have 124 locations all throughout the nation, which allows our journeys to be under 15 miles on average and these are all carried out on our ultra-light chassis vehicles.

Order your bric-a-brac clearance 24/7 days a week using Clearabee’s quick and easy online booking system or by contacting our friendly office team.

As well as bric-a-brac, Clearabee are able to offer house clearances, ranging from single rooms, basements and under-stairs cupboards to whole-house clearances and more. Learn more about our house clearances here.

Removing rubbish. It’s what we do.


All of the prices featured within this article are accurate at the time of publishing.

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